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AF Special Victims’ Counsel now provide legal services for victims of interpersonal violence

Graphic with SVC interpersonal violence details.

Graphic with SVC interpersonal violence details.

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

The Kirtland Air Force Base Special Victims’ Counsel recently expanded legal services to support victims of interpersonal violence.

Interpersonal violence can include hazing, bullying, sexual harassment, some domestic violence, maltreatment, and abuse.

“Originally, our program was conceived to provide legal representation in the criminal military justice process,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Irene Liscano, 377th Air Base Wing SVC attorney. “Now with this expansion, we are offering legal counseling, such as more limited legal services, to people whose cases or offenses may not necessarily lead to a court martial.”

Liscano said there has to be a military connection before they can represent victims. The accused of these victims must be subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice when the offense happened and when the client receives services from the SVC.

Along with legal counseling, the SVC will inform interpersonal violence victims of their legal rights and provide referrals to support agencies.

“Under this new program we can at least offer them some type of assistance,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chelica Thompson, 377th Air Base Wing SVC paralegal. “It’s not our full assistance, but we can help them understand the process and direct them to agencies that may be more applicable to their situation to assist them as well.”

Interpersonal violence victims eligible for the SVC are active duty Airmen and Guardians and, depending on availability, active duty dependents and retirees.    

The SVC is accepting walk-in clients of interpersonal violence on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. To request an SVC, contact your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, Family Advocacy Program, legal office or the SVC at 505-846-2323 or chelica.thompson@us.af.mil.